Bradford Women's Aid

Support, assistance and accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic abuse

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What is Domestic Abuse?

The new Home Office definition of domestic violence was implemented in March 2013.

The Home Office definition of domestic violence and abuse now states:

"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim."

* This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

If you think you or a friend are suffering domestic abuse you can call us on 01274 666 241 or 01274 669 574. You can text us on 07977 943 025 or you can email us: outreach@bradfordwomensaid.org.uk

In an emergency call the police on 999

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